First adventures in population control.
In 1998, Liam Donaldson became the 15th Chief Medical Officer for England
Chance of a lifetime Total Eclipse 1999
Total eclipse will bring chaos to Cornwall
"Planners in Cornwall expect chaos when eclipse-hunters descend on the county next year.
Traffic gridlock, food and water shortages, sanitation problems, lack of accommodation and added stress on the emergency services are anticipated when 1.5m people arrive to see the first total solar eclipse over Britain for 72 years.
Astronomer Heather Couper explains the attraction for amateurs and professionals alike: "It's rather like people being desperate to see Haley's comet as they were years ago.
"It's something that people really ought to see at least once in their lives - its like something you've never experienced before."
But most accommodation is already booked up so there is likely to be a relaxation of planning regulations to allow farmers to convert their fields into temporary campsites. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/148962.stm
Hotels charge earth to see eclipse
"Sue Jesson, managing director of the Barrowfield, said her hotel faced additional costs, with suppliers charging premium prices and that it also intended to stage "spectacular" events during the week. She said the deal represented good value. "If you stay in a hotel in London you'll pay pounds 200 a night and that's without food. We are expecting a lot of demand for accommodation and we will have to put up our own staff who won't get home because of the congestion."
The manager of the Headland, John Armstrong, said the extra cost was justified by additional services the hotel planned. "We have a lecture by a scientist the night before the eclipse and a party the night after. With all the warnings about Cornwall becoming jammed people may not be able to get out into the county, so we are providing them with full board."http://www.independent.co.uk/news/hotel ... 79071.html
Then the scaremongering starts.
Chief Medical Officer Warns Solar Eclipse WatchersDon't chance a glance
The Government's Chief Medical Officer today urged solar eclipse watchers to play safe with their eyesight and watch it on television.
Speaking at a briefing attended by eyesight experts, Professor Liam Donaldson reinforced the Department of Health's clear and straightforward advice to members of the public on protecting their eyesight on 11 August.
He said: "The only safe way to view the eclipse is to do so indirectly. Looking directly at the sun is extremely dangerous as radiation can permanently damage the eye.
"The safest way to view the eclipse outdoors is indirectly with, for example, a pinhole projection viewer. But if you want to enjoy the full effect of this phenomenon - use your TV set."http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsand ... DH_4025712
Broadcast ad infinitum on all media
1.5m + people hide inside their houses and miss the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
Cornwall is deserted and its residents go bust after investing money they hadn't got in providing for visitors that were now too frightened to come.
(I know, I went, I'd been looking forward to it for ages)
I learnt a lot from that and so it appears did they.
Coming next - Y2K!